CAES teams for Lattice FPGAs in space

CAES teams for Lattice FPGAs in space

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By Nick Flaherty

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) is teaming up with Lattice Semiconductor to qualify and sell radiation-tolerant FPGAs for space and satellite applications.

The collaboration will allow CAES to provide next generation on-orbit reconfigurable processing systems for future satellite constellations using the Certus-NX-RT and CertusPro-NX-RT FPGAs.

The FPGAs have temperature-resistant tin-lead (SnPb) terminations using a radiation-tolerant, fully-depleted 28nm silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing process. CAES, which has a main base in Sweden for space designs, will qualify the Certus-NX and CertusPro-NX FPGAs for radiation assurance and provide single-lot traceability and long-term supply.

CAES will also provide software programming and design support throughout the product development process, with pre-engineered IP building blocks and development tools including Lattice Radiant design software. The company is porting its proven GRLIB development environment and a library of configurable, standardized soft IP design cores to further support customers integrating these FPGAs into their designs.

“The space industry realizes that it can no longer rely solely on proprietary technology if it’s going to meet the growing affordability needs of satellites deployed in low- earth orbits,” said David Young, Chief Technology Officer at CAES. “Our collaboration with Lattice will promote the development of open, scalable, upgradable architectures that are compatible and affordable.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with CAES, a leading industry expert in space applications, to make it easier than ever for the space industry to achieve their design objectives with our low power, high system bandwidth, small form factor FPGAs that support satellite constellation networks,” said Esam Elashmawi, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Lattice Semiconductor. “With our scalable Certus-NX and CertusPro-NX FPGA families and CAES’ deep industry expertise, we are accelerating the adoption of new architectures ideally suited for the evolving processing needs of today’s space applications.”

“Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving space environment requires access to the latest commercial technology,” said Andrew Foor, Chief Technologist, Trusted Space Solutions, General Dynamics Mission Systems. “Lattice and CAES are addressing the space SwaP-C challenges with a power efficient FPGA based on FD-SOI. This collaboration is an example of the innovation needed to develop cutting edge solutions that meet demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of next generation space missions.”

The production release of the Radiant design tools starts this quarter with Certus-NX-RT FPGA samples planned for early second quarter of 2022 and Certus-Pro-NX-RT FPGA samples planned for the third quarter of 2022.

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